Helmut Marko believes Sebastian Vettel selected retirement over one other season of solely squabbling for factors, not podium finishes, at Aston Martin.
Vettel shocked many within the paddock, however not Sky F1 broadcaster Ted Kravitz, when he introduced forward of the summer season break this season can be his final in Components 1.
In response to his father, Norbert Vettel, it was one too many grands prix racing behind the sector that had the four-time former World Champion saying sufficient is sufficient.
“It was an unbelievable profession for my son, however the low level was Austria [this year],” he instructed RTL. “It damage him a lot to drive round on the finish of the sector and that accelerated these ideas for him.”
What’s subsequent for Sebastian Vettel?
Sebastian Vettel has loads of affords on the desk however he might select to go away sport completely and deal with off-track points.
However whereas some have puzzled why Vettel, solely 35, didn’t push for a 3rd season with Aston Martin, Marko reckons that’s as a result of he didn’t consider the workforce would make any progress subsequent season.
“It’s turning into obvious,” he instructed motorsport-total.com. “He’s not in a aggressive automobile and I don’t suppose he noticed the prospect of the automobile with the ability to make an everyday podium end subsequent yr. And there’s no house within the high groups.
“He needs to see his kids develop up. I believe his speech that he posted on Instagram is excellent. He has totally different priorities and a unique world view. Then you may’t drive for a model that’s sponsored by an Arab mineral oil firm.
“Aston Martin is a luxurious model with eight and twelve cylinders. That’s not credible, after which that’s the logical consequence.”
As for what Vettel will do subsequent, the 79-year-old stated: “I’m positive extra consideration will now be paid to the problem of environmental safety.”
The Austrian, who labored with Vettel at Toro Rosso and Purple Bull, was requested whether or not he felt a comeback could possibly be on the playing cards like Michael Schumacher with Mercedes.
“No,” he replied. “I believe that is closing.”
Sebastian Vettel didn’t need factors, he wished wins
Requested ever since he left Ferrari what he wanted to remain in Components 1, Vettel made it crystal clear – he wanted outcomes.
That’s one thing Aston Martin have failed to attain.
Though the German was on the rostrum together with his new workforce in 2021, runner-up on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, his second champagne expertise died with the pop of the cork as he was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix because of a gasoline infringement.
This season, those self same two races have yielded a P6 and a P10 for the driving force, most positively not an indication that Aston Martin are shifting ahead.
Though the workforce had hoped this yr’s all-new laws would convey them into the battle for better of the remainder, it has achieved the precise reverse with Aston Martin struggling to even rating factors.
Vettel has 16, his team-mate Lance Stroll has 4, and the Silverstone workforce are down in ninth place with solely Williams having scored fewer factors.
There’s, no less than from the surface, no signal of issues getting higher.
Staff proprietor Lawrence Stroll talks a very good sport, happening concerning the monetary investments, the brand new manufacturing unit, the brand new personnel, however even when his dream involves fruition it’s nonetheless a few years away.
Years Vettel needs to spend watching his kids develop up, and the bees pollinate.